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Cost of living in Costa Rica

Wow, you live in Costa Rica? Everything must be super cheap down there! This is perhaps the most standard comment from friends and family in North America when they learn that you reside in Costa Rica. And while it is true – the overall cost of living can be significantly less than it is in […]

An Overview of Property Rights in Costa Rica

Familiarize yourself with property rights If you’re staying in Costa Rica for an extended time period and will be investing in real estate, it’s important to investigate.  As a foreigner, you have the same property rights as a Costa Rican, and the same system which protects citizens will protect you.  In Costa Rica there is […]

Various TV systems available in Costa Rica

Television has come a long way in the 14 years I have been living in Costa Rica. When I first moved here, there were only 2 cable companies and they offered a very limited amount of channels in English. Today, there are not only cable companies, but also satellite companies like SKY TV which was […]

The different types of Residency in Costa Rica

How to get your residency in Costa Rica – and Which one is the right one for you! You visited Costa Rica, you fell in love, now you want to live here permanently. And what a good idea this is, many have done it successfully, including myself. There are many necessities and legal procedures to […]

Bank account in Costa Rica

Got a bank account in Costa Rica? If you live permanently or part time in Costa Rica, it’s good to have a bank account here. It really comes in handy since you can pay bills like water, cable, phone and electricity online through the bank instead of standing in line. I personally pay all my […]

Medical Services offered in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has some of the best medical professionals and hospitals in the world. Medical Tourism in Costa Rica continued to increase in 2010 to more than 150,000 visitors. By the end of the year, this will be an increase of almost 20% from 2008. It is estimated that as many as 15% to 20% […]

Public and Private Schools

You may be familiar with the quote: Costa Rica has more teachers than policemen! This  affirmation is certainly true, and Costa Ricans feel that  their high level of education sets them apart from many other Latin Countries, indeed, some find education here is better than in some developed countries that have much to learn from […]

List of places to gamble in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become a number 1 destination for gamblers, whether for fun, or more seriously, there are more and more reputable casinos opening their doors all over the country, as indicated in the list down below: San Jose, Costa Rica, Casinos: –The Casino Del Rey located in Del Rey Hotel & Casino one block south […]

Costa Rica Taxes

INCOME TAXES IN COSTA RICA A lot of foreigners come thinking they don’t have to pay taxes. Unfortunately in some cases they do. Many individuals who work and any Corporations that are involved in commerce in Costa Rica have to pay Income Taxes. However, not everyone has to pay, individuals are exempt for the first […]

Various Aspects in Owning a Vehicle

Have your own vehicle or want to buy one? If you’re going to own a vehicle in Costa Rica, you can either bring the car you already have into the country, or you can buy a new vehicle in the country.  Here is what you should know about buying a vehicle in Costa Rica and […]